Being thankful is something we all often forget at time.
Our Baby Girl’s First Birthday
Something I have always had trouble grasping is birthdays and why they are so damn important. Yea it seems obvious but still I struggle.
We have celebrated our baby girl turning one this last week, this is a pretty big milestone for us parents and our baby’s. Still, I just couldn’t seem to wrap my mind around it for some reason, my husband put it into words which helped my mind and I am extremely thankful for this.
“It’s to celebrate her life, not everyone gets to see her on the daily so having this one day is to celebrate the fact that this beautiful girl is a part of our lives. It’s to be thankful she is here and for our families and friends to be able to celebrate this alongside us and to see the beautiful girl she has grown into.
A beautiful way to lend a hand into my mind with powerful words. Thank you my husband, you show me what is important and how I can improve my own mental state each and every day.
Gifts And Giving
One of the main things I have always had trouble accepting is gifts, your presence is more than enough presents for me.
Accepting gifts for our daughter was a bit easier as they were for her and the gifts were incredible, I want to share some and 100% recommend them for any little being.
The absolute best present and baby girl loves them. The hard cover ones of course otherwise we’d end up with pages and paper everywhere.
One of our favorite ones and our girl loves it is Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes padded board book”
Of course this is an all time best The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
Here are a few suggestion on gifts that or girl was given and absolutely loves.
1. First fishing rod and life jacket
3. Watering Can
4. Gum Boots
5. Baby Puzzles
Limiting Screen Time And Playing Outside
We have made the decision to hold off on screen time until baby girl is older and WOW does it show in the way our baby girl wants to explore.
She gets a hold of our phones occasionally and is amazed at the photos on mine and hubbies home screen as it’s her beautiful face of course but that’s pretty much as far as it goes.
We came to this decision as when baby girl was about 3 months she sat and saw the telly for a few minutes, just before bed time. I went to nurse baby girl to sleep and she was out in about a second or two. This scared me! Surely that was not normal. After doing a bit of research we decided it would be best for her development to hold off for her first few years.
She constantly wants to be outside exploring, feeling new textures and playing in the mud.
We feel so thankful that our baby girl is an adventurer, it is a beautiful thing to watch unfold.
Don’t get me wrong it can be exhausting to constantly be playing out and about but the learning and pure joy on her face to be doing this is priceless.
Our babies are only small for so long, the first few years are a huge adjustment but do what feels right for you and your family. Get out there! It’s good for everyone’s mental well being.
Getting Caught Up
It is far too easy to get caught up in our technical world and yea we can learn a lot from search engines but nature has so much more to offer. A lot of the world has forgotten that this is where we come from and that we are also a part of the beauty nature is.
That we need to feel our toes in the grass, the mud and the sand to feel connected to our world. Our babies do too. The list of gifts above is a great starter to have some toys to get involved with the outdoors.
We get so caught up in the 9-5 rush, hustle and bustle of things that we often forget to just stop and enjoy the beauty of our world.
To be thankful that we are here and exist at this time. To really take in the colors and vibrant energy of nature.
To stop and smell the flowers, to teach our babies how to approach animals properly and with respect.
Tomorrow Is A New Day
It can seem impossible to be thankful for your life in some moments but in those moments, think of ways you can do better.
Let’s do it together, set some goals and fucking smash them! We had our very first list today and 2 out of 4 have been ticked off, it’s only 7pm so we still have time.
It feels so good! It’s consistency which is hard to nail but take it one day at a time and in a while it will feel like second nature.
If for some reason you can’t shake a bad feeling from the day, at least make sure you have a sense of humor and can take the piss out of yourself. Laugh at your own jokes or sing at the top of your lungs! Seriously, it helps to just get things out and stop your brain from whirling around.
Let loose! Be fun, be silly, dance your butt off! Because our toddlers don’t hold grudges. Don’t join in on their fire of emotions, understand where they are coming from and open your arms for them because that it their safe place.
Let your hair down, take your shoes off, blast the music, sing and dance! We can burn some energy and feel good while doing it. Give them kisses and end their day well too because we all deserve to feel good when we rest our heads at night.
The ramblings of a Down To Earth Mumma